Our environmental strategy addresses the impact of our operations and the concerns of stakeholders in the travel industry, including customers, partners, regulatory bodies and the society in general.
We believe our first and most important responsibility is to address the environmental impact of our operations. Fortunately, for most cases we find a common economic and environmental interest that facilitates action in reducing resource consumption and environmental impact. For example, by reducing the electricity consumption we also achieve significant cost savings. This is particularly relevant for our Data Centre in Erding (Germany) where the annual electricity costs exceed four million Euros and where we estimate current savings of more than one million Euros per year, as compared with industry standard performance 1.
Secondly, our customers expect us to deliver technological solutions for a broad scope of challenges, including environmental issues. Although the economic downturn has surely taken priority over many other aspects of our industry, we believe that a standard environmental impact reporting methodology is needed for the travel industry, in order to offer travellers transparent information and improve performance.
Providing a standard solution for reporting environmental impact for travel is a challenge that the industry has probably underestimated. Our partnership with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and membership of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council are examples of our efforts to facilitate standard environmental reporting for the travel industry. Additionally, our state of the art technology for airlines is providing productivity improvements in many aspects of the business. Amadeus Altéa Departure Control System contributes, through improved aircraft weight estimations, to reduce the amount of fuel, emissions and costs for airlines.
Finally, we need to work together with other industry stakeholders to address environmental challenges for the whole industry. For this reason we keep various initiatives in place, like our participation in various travel and tourism organisations and forums like the European Technology and Travel Services Association (ETTSA), or the Interactive Travel Services Association (ITSA). We also work with various external companies to help improve our environmental performance. As an example, some of our offices, like Amadeus Services in London, have entered into energy performance contracts with guarantees to bring our electricity consumption down.